We are thrilled to introduce our exciting lineup of authors and presenters who will join us at the first Big Book Club Getaway, February 1-2, 2013, at the fabulous Mohegan Sun Resort.  Brad Meltzer, Leeza Gibbons, Kristin van Ogtrop (Managing Editor of Real Simple Magazine), Tess Gerritsen, Mary McGarry Morris, Carlos Eire, Hallie Ephron, Hank Phillippi Ryan, Patricia Schultz, Gina Barreca and Amy Newmark (Publisher of the Chicken Soup for the Soul series) … to name just a few.

There will be general sessions with some of the biggest names in pop culture, and concurrent breakout sessions with fiction, non-fiction, memoir, cooking, sports, self-help, historical and educational writers.  Don’t miss panel discussions with Harvard Medical doctors, college professors, acclaimed sports writers and The History Press … there’s even a panel of sex therapists who will run a book chat on The Fifty Shades of Grey series.  Day Two will kick-off with a huge yoga class run by Gwen Lawrence, instructor to The New York Giants, New York Yankees and Hollywood celebrities.


Kessica Andersen – Harlequin Intrigue author of over 30 novels


Gina Barreca – American author, humorist and professor of English Literature at UConn


Shelley Carson, PhD – Harvard Health Press author of Your Creative Brain


Susan Conley – author of The Foremost Good Fortune, listed as an Oprah Magazine Top Ten Pick


Mark DeJohn – former member of Tony LaRussa’s coaching staff and long-time St. Louis Cardinals coach


Robert L. Doyle, MD, DDSDr. – Harvard Medical School doctor and author of Almost Alcoholic


Wilson Faude – author of Hidden History of Connecticut; former curator of the Mark Twain Museum


David Gillham – author of the new novel, City of Women, about Berlin during World War II


Patricia Harman – author of The Midwife of Hope River published by Harper Collins
J.A. Jance- New York Times bestselling author of the Ali Reynolds, J.P. Beaumont and Joanna Brady series


Eric Lehman and Amy Nawrocki – English professors at Univ. of Bridgeport and History Press authors


Dodie Milardo – moderator of the Harlequin Romance panel, host of the radio show Dodie’s Talk, and local romance author


Teresa M. Norris – local author, who shares her personal journey of dealing with a parent with dementia


Hank Phillippe Ryan – investigative reporter for Boston’s NBC-TV affiliate and author of The Other Woman


Kieran Scott – Young adult author of He’s So / She’s So Trilogy, The Cheerleader Trilogy and Geek Magnet


Gary Small M.D. – author of The Alzheimer’s Prevention Program and professor at UCLA
Kristin van OgtropKristin van Ogtrop – Managing Editor of Real Simple Magazine and author of Just Let Me Lie Down